Continuing to bring in Manitoba talent, the Bison men's hockey team is announcing the addition of forwards Tony Apetagon for the 2019-20 season.
Apetagon, 20, is a 6'2", 175-pound forward from Norway House, Manitoba, who last played for the Winnipeg Blues in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL). He was a First Team All-Star in the MJHL this season, finishing the season third in the league in scoring with 29 goals and 45 assists in 59 games for the Blues (18 games) and OCN Blizzard (41 games).
In six post-season games with Winnipeg, Apetagon added three goals and two assists.
"I'm excited to be joining the Bison men's hockey program as well as getting my education at the same time," said Apetagon. "It'll be nice to represent my home province. I know it'll be a huge step forward from junior hockey to university hockey, but I love adversity and I'm excited to get started."
"I am very pleased to announce the signing of two local Manitoba hockey products to the Bison men's hockey program," said Bisons head coach Mike Sirant
"Tony is a late bloomer who has tremendous upside to his game. He is an excellent skater with good puck skills, and is a natural scorer who can score goals in different ways. I am very impressed with Tony's passion for hockey and how hard he competes in games."
On May 15, 2019, The Pas Minor Hockey Association hosted its year end Awards Banquet, All the hardware was handed out this evening. Putting our local kids in the spotlight for their achievements in their hockey season. The Board of Directors and Volunteers would like to thank the hundreds in attendance and see you next season!!
Best Defense: Luke Ferland
Best Forward: Marcus Burns-Cochrane
Most Sportsmanlike: Kason Hester
Most Improved: Peyton Richards
Most Valuable: Connor Bird
Best Goalie: Gracelynn Melnyk
Most Sportsmanlike: Riley Mischuk
Most Improved: Cooper Rousson
Most Dedicated: Joden Cruz
Most Sportsmanlike: Josie Petryk
Most Improved: Chad Martin
Most Dedicated: Connor Lemieux
Most Sportsmanlike: Lennix Constant Villeneuve
Most Improved: Daniel Richardson
Most Dedicated: Jakob Melko
Best Defense: Kayden Leaske
Best Forward: Breton Donovan
Most Sportsmanlike: Teagan Kadachuk
Most Improved: Johann Elliott
Most Valuable: Chantyn Michell-Thompson
Best Goalie: Will Gislason
Atom First Team
Most Sportsmanlike: Landen Dorion
Most Improved: Logann Melko
Most Dedicated: Rylan Fourre
Atom Second Team
Most Sportsmanlike: Evander Richards
Most Improved: Landon Murphy
Most Dedicated: Dex Conaty
Most Sportsmanlike: Colin Perchaluk
Most Improved: Jake Polischuk
Most Dedicated: Kalem Whitehead
Most Sportsmanlike: Nolan Glenn
Most Improved: Wyatt Hall
Most Dedicated: Luke Adam
Most Sportsmanlike: Brody Sayese
Most Improved: Jaidyn Tritthart
Most Dedicated: Marek Madrigga
Best Defense: Carson Clemons
Best Forward: Rachlan Hay
Most Sportsmanlike: Matt O'Toole
Most Improved: Rieko Cook
Most Valuable: Mariko Bercier
Best Goalie: Matt Baker
Pee Wee First Team
Most Sportsmanlike: Aidan Mayer
Most Improved: Riel Chartrand
Most Dedicated: Isaac Tomchak
Pee Wee Second Team
Most Sportsmanlike: Tyson Titterton
Most Improved: Erik Elliott
Most Dedicated: Jesse Lagimodiere
Most Sportsmanlike: Brody Burrell
Most Improved: Erik Godwin-Scott
Most Dedicated: Devin Pfund
Most Sportsmanlike: Jaxen Muswagon
Most Improved: Duck Nabess
Most Dedicated: Austin Gibb
Most Sportsmanlike: Jaydin Muswagon
Most Improved: Jesse James Paranteau
Most Dedicated: Terrell Martin
Best Defense: Connor Colgan
Best Forward: Hutton Hurst-Foster
Most Sportsmanlike: Colby Hnidy
Most Improved: Melodine Thomas
Most Valuable: Abby McKinnon
Best Goalie: Nathan Moore
Most Sportsmanlike: Kaiden Knutson
Most Improved: Rowan Fenner
Most Dedicated: Ezekiel Kirkness
Most Sportsmanlike: Mason Young-Nbungo, Julianna Herman
Most Improved: Jacey Melnyk, Rylan Campbell
Most Dedicated: Andrew Fischer, Ravis Constant-Kuba
3M Coach of the Year: Dion Bird
Larry Mayer Memorial Volunteer of the Year: Savannah Sayese
Bryce Olson, Most Deserving Senior Official
Colby Hnidy, Most Improved Junior Official
Jaydon Glenn, Most Promising Junior Official
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League is pleased to introduce the new owners of the OCN Blizzard.
Recently, a group of business owners in The Pas, MB consisting of Mr. Usman Tahir and Mr. Salman Safdar negotiated a Purchase Agreement with the current owners of the OCN Blizzard, the Opaskwayak Cree Nation.
On March 30, the MJHL Board of Governors approved a Motion to transfer the ownership of the OCN Blizzard from the current owners to Mr. Tahir and Mr. Safdar. The MJHL Board approval of the ownership transfer did require some additional steps on behalf of the new owners. The final steps of the approval process have been completed which prompts the official announcement being made today.
The Governor of the hockey club has also been announced as Ms. Lori Lathlin of Opaskwayak, MB who has served as the team Governor previously.
The arena location of the OCN Blizzard remains unchanged as the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre in Opaskwayak, MB and the new owners will begin the process of developing their organization going forward.
THE MANITOBA SPORTS WORLD AND SOCIAL MEDIA IS ALL A BUZZ FOR FORMER OCN BLIZZARD/ NORMAN NORTHSTAR AND CROSS LAKE , MB NATIVE JUSTIN NACHBAUR.
JUSTIN WAS A PART OF THE WINNING PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS LAST NIGHT IN A HUGE GAME 7 WIN AT THE ART HAUSER CENTER IN PRINCE ALBERT LAST NIGHT. JUSTIN IN THE WHL PLAYOFFS HAS PLAYED 20 GAMES AND HAS NETTED 1 GOAL WITH 3 HELPERS FOR 4PTS THIS PLAYOFFS. BUT THAT GOES WITHOUT SAYING HIS 26 PENALTY MINUTES IS SOMETHING TO BE RECKONED WITH. CONSIDERING HE PUTS HIS TEAM MATES 1ST.
WITH THE PRINCE ALBERT WIN THE STAGE IS SET FOR THE MEMORIAL CUP FINALS WHICH WILL START THIS FRIDAY NIGHT IN HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA,. PRINCE ALBERT WHO WILL REPRESENT THE WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE JOINS THE HEAVILY FAVORED GUELPH STORM REPRESENTING THE OHL, THE ROUYN-NORANDA HUSKIES REPRESENTING THE QMJHL, AND THE HOST TEAM HALIFAX MOOSEHEADS,.
PRINCE ALBERT WILL START THE TOURNAMENT FRIDAY NIGHT AS THEY FACE THE HOST TEAM HALIFAX MOOSEHEADS,.AT 8PM.
The National Aboriginal Hockey Championships wrapped up on the weekend with team Manitoba in the male and female divisions advancing to the finals in their respective pools.
The Males were gold medal winners beating team Saskatchewan by a score of 6-1 .
Grand Rapids Manitoba’s Connor Roulette took home player of the game honors.
Congrats on the gold medal.
The Female division team manitoba advanced to the finals only to fall to team Saskatchewan 5-1. Cross Lake's own and Manitoba team Captain Kenessha Miswaggon took home player of the game honors. Congrats to the ladies on winning the silver medal.
IN THE MENS DIVISION, GRAND RAPIDS Conner Roulette WHO PLAYS FOR THE SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS OF THE WHL WILL BE PLAYING BRANDEN HILL FROM THE PAS. FORMER OCN BLIZZARD EVAN HERMAN.
THE FEMALE DIVISION WAS REPRESENTED BY THE PAS’ RACHEL O’TOOL. CROSS LAKE IS WELL REPRESENTED WITH 3 PLAYES FORWARDS CARRIGAN UMPHERVILLE , KENNESHA MISWAGON, AND PASSION GARRICK…..
THIS WEEKEND Manitoba's top 40 UNDER 16 FEMALE hockey camp will begin in Portage La Prairie.
From this tournament of 40 girls they will be selecting team Manitoba's under 16 Provincial team.
THE PAS HUSKIES WILL BE REPRESENTED BY15 YEAR OLD ABIGAIL MACKINNON.
The Wanless, Manitoba girl has been skating since she was four years old. and has been playing in The Pas Minor Hockey Association since she was 5 years old. .
"SHE SAYS SHE WAS EXCITED TO GET THE CALL. AND BESIDES SOME LITTLE SETBACKS.EVERYONE SHOULD FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS ."
This upcoming tournament is one step closer towards her ultimate goal which she told me was to play on Canada's senior woman's Olympic hockey team. The camp runs all this upcomming weekend in Portage LaPrarie.
THE OCN BLIZZARD MANAGEMENT HAVE ANNOUNCED THE RELEASE OF FORMER GM AND HEAD COACH JAMIE CORBETT. CORBET TOOK OVER FOR THE BLIZZARD BACK IN JANUARY WHEN HE REPLACED BLIZZARD ALUMNI MATT SUMMERS.
THE BLIZZARD ARE WELCOMING BACK A FAMILIAR FACE TO THE GENERAL MANAGER POSITION ……GREG HUNTER,……WHO HAS BEEN RE-INSTATED IN HIS POSITION THE JOB
HUNTER SAYS" IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO WORK FOR THE OCN BLIZZARD AND THE NEW OWNERSHIP GROUP. I'M VERY EXCITED TO CONTINUE TO KEEP HOCKEY IN THE NORTH AND CANT WAIT TO GET STARTED ON BUILDING ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM.
GREG HAS SPENT 20 YEARS WITH THE BLIZZARD WHICH CONSISTED OF 5 MJHL CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH WELL OVER 500 MJHL WINS.
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